Bluestriped Snapper – Hawaii, Surrounding Nets (nei)
Bluestriped snapper are native to the Indo-Pacific and were intentionally introduced to Hawaii during the 1950s. Bluestriped snapper expanded to the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Abundance of this species is unknown but is of low concern as they are non-native. Concern does exist that these snapper are threatening native Hawaiian species. To date there is no evidence of negative ecological interactions.
Bluestriped snapper are generally not a target species for fishermen and are caught with surround nets and deep set handlines. They are managed moderately with some concern of Hawaiian gray snapper and Hawaiian grouper as bycatch in the deep set handline fishery due to low abundance of both species.
Some concern of ecosystem impacts exist and more policies are needed to address these concerns.